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Cleaning products can be found in the home!

Cleaning Products Found in Your Home

Cleaning your home on your own can require a lot of work. It is recommended that you employ a professional cleaning service to make sure that your home is of maximum cleanliness, but looking into cleaning your home by yourself isn’t a bad option either. The first step to cleaning your home on your own is finding the right products to use. Chemicals found in stores may do the job, but they could also leave airborne toxins floating around in the environment of your home for a longer period of time afterwards. Most stores sell organic cleaning products now, but those can be deceiving as well. If you’re looking for natural cleaning products that you can use in your home, look no further than your home!

Cleaning Products At Home

White Vinegar (Diluted and Undiluted)

Diluted white vinegar is a solution that dissolves dirt, scum, soap and hard water deposits off of surfaces such as smooth countertops, bathtubs and floors. It is also a gentle enough product to use to clean hardwood floors with no aftermath. It is a natural deodorizer that absorbs odors for a long-term fix rather than the quick fix to mask the smell until the cover-up wears away.

Undiluted white vinegar quickly cleans tougher problems involving hard water stains and leftover soap residue. This makes it a popular cleaning solution to use inside of the toilet bowl. You can use a pumice stone to remove more permanent stains. The white vinegar will remove odor with its absorbent characteristics, leaving the formerly dirty area looking and smelling fresh!

Baking Soda

Forget the cleaning powders that are sold in stores. Baking soda is a natural deodorizing replacement that makes for a powerful tool while scouring hard surfaces. You can use baking soda as one of the natural cleaning products in your home when you’re cleaning your bathtub, toilet or ceramic countertop. Add baking soda onto a damp sponge and watch it go to work for you!

Rubbing Alcohol

Strong alcohol solutions are natural germ destroyers. Rubbing alcohol is used to disinfect the human body when cuts and abrasions reveal more than they should. The same can be said about alcohol when used as one of your home cleaning products. You can also use it as a glass cleaner as it will give your windows and mirrors a sparkle that can make any home shine bright!


Ammonia is an alkaline solution that you can use as an all-purpose cleaner on windows, countertops and more! Try to avoid the sudsy ammonia, as the suds appear as if they’re working but it is hard to keep under control and clean up afterwards. For a nice, tidy clean, use an ammonia that doesn’t bubble up and avoid the difficult rinse and removal.

We hope that you’ll start to use these natural products in your home!

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Protect Your Drapes

The Importance of Drapery Cleaning

Drapery cleaning is an overlooked home activity that most people are probably guilty of. Drapery cleaning is the first thing people think of when it’s time to clean the home. When you think about it, drapes aren’t as noticeable as stained flooring or furniture. Drapes are often thought of as the pieces of fabric that hang over your windows to block out the sun and provide your home with privacy once the sun has gone down. What you may not know, though, is that it is important to schedule regular drapery cleaning.

Sunlight Damage

Over time, your drapes will fade and collect dust because of sunlight that they are exposed to. You could hang lighter colored drapes to delay the fading process, but ultimately the sun will get the last laugh. Lining your curtains can help, too. The lining will protect the fabric from having a direct contact with the sun.

Kitchen Drapes

Have drapes hanging in your kitchen? If so, you must note that these drapes may collect grease and that spatters from pans and food particles as well. It is extremely important to the health of the environment that these are regularly cleaned. Insects will take full advantage of a hanging fabric that acts as a net for their survival needs!

Cleaning Your Drapes

Scheduling a drape cleaning service on a regular basis could really go a long way for the health of your home. As these fabrics are hanging, there is a much higher chance that the germs that they collect will impact your atmosphere. There are many different techniques in play because each fabric is different. Make sure you have the right professional team to make your home a healthy environment! Be sure to give us a call and schedule your next drapery cleaning service. You can reach us by calling  (310)273-9631

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The Best Methods to Clean a Hard Floor

Cleaning a Hard Floor

There are many different processes in cleaning hard floor surfaces. It goes beyond simply sweeping up to remove dirt from the surface. However, each hard floor is different. You need to understand the surface before the floor cleaning is executed properly.

Here are a few of our favorite methods:

Honing/Restoration Method:

This process is primarily used to remove minor scratches and worn areas from the floor’s surface. Using diamond coated pads, this works effectively on natural stone surfaces. It is an important aspect to floor cleaning from an aesthetic standpoint, as it rids the floor of ugly scrapes and refines tarnished spots.


This is more so a preventative measure to help preserve your stone floor’s surface. This will keep the floor in great shape and prepare it for a long lifespan. It will also enhance the natural beauty of the stone.


This floor cleaning process will leave your wood and/or laminate surface in pristine condition. Sanding to bare wood, staining (if requested) and sealing to preserve the surface – this will make your floor happy!


This method is for ceramic or porcelain tiles. Through this process, the look of the grout and the tile itself can be changed. The results tend to give the outstanding appearance of an entirely new floor.

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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Dirty Carpet

How to Clean Carpet – 5 Facts That Help

Every dirty carpet has a back story; the leftover lasagna spilled off the dinner tray, the dog dragged in its muddy remains after a rainy play day and dirt-laden footsteps trekked through the house several times since your last cleaning. Below we take a look at 5 carpet facts you probably did not know. Understanding these facts will give you a better idea how to clean carpet according to the mess.

Learning how to clean carpet correctly will save you a huge headache whenever you are faced with mess that has to be cleaned up to prevent permanent staining. Sure, you might know how your mess arrived, but do you know the after effects of a dirty carpet. Here are five facts that you likely had no idea were true:

  • The virus that causes the stomach flu (Norovirus) can survive for over a month on an unsanitary carpet.
  • Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate within carpet fibers as well as underneath the carpet.
  • A human body will shed about 1.5 million skin flakes per hour, the majority of which will become embedded in your carpet.
  • Have a fireplace? A carpet near a fireplace, when warmed, makes home for a creature called a “firebrat”. These insects resemble the “silverfish” since they are part of the same family. Both creatures have an affinity for chewing through most materials which include paper, cardboard, and various cloth materials.
  • All carpets should be professionally cleaned at a minimum of every 12 to 18 months.

Now that you understand these five carpet facts. You can now have a better idea how to clean carpet to help keep your home a safe pest free environment.

A DBA of Pico Carpet Cleaning Inc.